Tony Brothers, a longtime NBA referee who has worked more than 1,700 games, was reportedly sidelined by one of them for using foul language toward a Dallas Mavericks player.
Spencer Dinwiddie accused Brothers earlier this month of calling him “bada– motherf——” in the second quarter after he was charged with a technical. The guard spoke about the incident after the game against the Toronto Raptors.
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“I’m not even mad at the language,” Dinwiddie said, via ESPN. “Everyone has said things before when they’re upset or sensitive or hurt. That’s okay. Just say it to my face.”
NBA journalist Marc Stein reported Tuesday that Brothers was forced off the court during a game over the incident. The league reportedly never announced it because it wasn’t official and the Brothers didn’t lose a paycheck.
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Dinwiddie told The Athletic that two weeks after the November 4 incident, the NBA reached out to him.
“I told them what happened. I was very clear with that part. After that, they do what they do, I don’t know, ”he told the outlet.
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Brothers has been in the NBA for 28 seasons. He has officiated 1,626 regular season games and 174 playoff games.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.